1937. Robert Southey to Edith May Southey, 8 July 1811 *
London, Tuesday, July 8. 1811.
My Dear Shedaw,
If I had time I would write you a long letter, but I am always so busy in London that I can never do half what I wish.
I send two books, one for Dog-Lunus, and the other for Bruin. You are to have a large book, full of stories, and fit for a great girl; so I cannot put yours in a letter; but it will come to Keswick in a great box, with a great many other books which I have bought for myself.
Your mamma is very well, and wants very much to see you, and Herbert, and Bertha, and Katharine. Give them each a kiss for her and for me. Your cousins  are very nice children, and very nice kissing; but I want to kiss Bruin and Puss-kat. You know you are too big to be kissed. God bless you.
Your affectionate father,
* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856)
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), II, p. 227. BACK